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The Replicator, No Longer a Star Trek Dream

Jan 26, 2010, 21:34 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Bergmeister, Michael Kennedy, Matt Lundy, Geoff Turner)

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"Neil Gershenfeld has been known to make some bold predictions about the future. But even by his standards, this one was a doozy.

""Twenty years from now," he told a 2006 conference in Berkeley, "we'll have Star Trek replicators that can make anything."

"You remember the replicator -- the one that provided Captain Picard with his cup of "tea, Earl Grey, hot," with a simple verbal prompt? It might sound like jet-age fantasy, but Gershenfeld was absolutely serious with his reference."

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